Talia Schlanger Named New Host of WXPN’s “World Cafe”

Talia Schlanger

Photo by David Spowart, courtesy WXPN

Talia Schlanger will take over for David Dye as host of “World Cafe,” WXPN announced today. The news was broken this morning by the Inquirer.

Schlanger, a 31-year-old native of Toronto, came to WXPN from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She hosted a variety of shows on both radio and TV, and has also performed on stage in various shows, including the touring production of the Green Day rock opera American Idiot.

“Like our listeners, I’m here as a music fan first,” Schlanger said in a release from WXPN. “Discovering, sharing and connecting over artists is our collective passion, and it’s my mission to serve that as best I can on World Cafe. David Dye is so beloved and respected because for 25 years, audiences have been able to feel the genuine curiosity, excitement and care he has for the music he plays and for the artists who make it. I know this is a big change, but I hope our devoted World Cafe crowd will feel the same degree of passion and care coming from me as we charge forward with amps blaring.” Read more »

CONCERT REVIEW: Non-COMMvention Night 3

Car Seat Headrest Photographed by Chris Sikich

Car Seat Headrest
Photographed by Chris Sikich

Non-COMM concluded with arguably the best of the three nights of music on Friday, May 20th. From harmony pairings to classic alternative rock to Philly faves, the evening had something for everyone. My five favorite highlights were: Read more »

CONCERT REVIEW: Non-COMMvention Night Two

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop Photographed by Chris Sikich

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop
Photographed by Chris Sikich

NON-COMM night two brought an eclectic mix of harmonies and musical tastes to a sold-out crowd. All the performers put on quite a show in their small time allotments. The following were the biggest highlights: Read more »


Sunflower Bean Photographed by Chris Sikich

Sunflower Bean
Photographed by Chris Sikich

The 16th NON-COMMvention got underway on Wednesday, May 18th, at World Café with eight solid performances. A three-day convention for contemporary noncommercial music radio stations, it is a unique and spirited affair. The music showcases are quick (usually a half-hour or less) and back to back, so it is a fun challenge to really drink in every performer. The first night was highlight-packed: Read more »

What’s Happening This Month at Dilworth Park


Dilworth Park is hosting free events all summer long every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Pass by the west side of City Hall and you may just see or hear something that sparks your attention. Here, a list of events taking place throughout the month.

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Worst Idea Ever: 24 Hours of the Grateful Dead on WXPN This Friday

WXPN promotional image

WXPN promotional image

Apparently, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the “legendary” band The Grateful Dead. (What, you didn’t know?) And to commemorate this sacred occasion, Philadelphia radio station WXPN is offering 24 hours of the Grateful Dead. They’re calling it the Day of the Dead. (Creative!) And they even have a hashtag: #XPNDeadDay. All of which has us ready to puke. Read more »

PHOTOS: XPoNential Music Festival 2014

Philly music fans packed into Wiggins Park and, later that night, the Susquehanna Bank Center, for XPoNential Festival‘s Saturday lineup. We caught performances by longtime XPN favorite Ingrid Michaelson, Bayou blues rockers C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, and Ryan Adams, among others.

The festivities continued Sunday with performances by Nicole Atkins, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, and Man Man at Wiggins Park. Later, the Susquehanna Bank Center filled up for local band The Districts, and Beck, who could be XPoNential Festival‘s best closing act to date.

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